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Lift Up Your Hearts – Georgia
Elevating the desires of the "too-easily-pleased"
October 20
- October 21, 2023
Powder Springs,
Midway Covenant Christian School

CS Lewis said we are too easily satisfied, “like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased.”

What could he possibly mean? Should we be greedy? Or might even greed be nothing more than a vice of the too easily satisfied?

Human desires are a strange thing. For millenia, educators thought it was their primary duty to raise their students’ hearts from “mud pies in a slum” to “a holiday at the sea.”

Are we starving our children just when we should be lifting up their hearts? Might that help explain their desperate greed for pleasure and their astonishing eagerness to learn moderation? Or is this even the role of the educator (at home or school)?

Contemplate with us how to elevate the desires of your children to hopes that don’t disappoint and to joys that don’t leave a bitter taste.

Registration includes lunch on both days and free audio recordings of all the conference sessions.
Coffee, Tea, and Water will provided throughout the day. 

Confirmed Speakers

Thomas Fickley

Kristen Rudd

Katerina Hamilton

Director of Press

John Hodges

Director, Center for Western Studies

Tim McIntosh

Greg Wilbur

Michael Buck Holler

Director of Consulting

Heidi White

Dr. Matthew Bianco


Andrew Kern

President & CEO

Midway Covenant Christian School

4635 Dallas Hwy, Powder Springs, GA 30127

October 20
  • Plenary A - 9:00 - 10:30am - Lift Up Your Hearts: An Invitation to the Holy of Holies by Andrew Kern
  • Breakout Session I - 11:00 - 12:00pm
      • The Gym Teacher is the Most Important Teacher in the Classical School but Don't Forget Music by Dr. Matthew Bianco
      • Directing Desire: Exploring the End of Art by Katerina Hamilton
      • Kings and Queens, Tyrants and Traitors: Shakespeare on Leadership by Tim McIntosh
  • LUNCH - 12:00 - 1:30pm
  • Breakout Session 2  - 1:30 - 2:30pm
      • The Socratic Way: Ancient Practices for Contemporary Education by Heidi White
      • Snacking on the Good and True: The Soul Formation of "Pretty" Music by Greg Wilbur
      • Searching for the Perfect Man: The Tyrannizing Image of the Ideal Type by Kristen Rudd
  • Plenary B - 3:00- 4:00pm - The Radiance of Form:  Shakespeare, Job, and Brahms’ A German Requiem by John Hodges
  • Panel Q&A - 4:15-4:45pm - Hosted by Andrew Kern, Heidi White, Buck Holler, Greg Wilbur, and Dr. Matthew Bianco
October 21
  • Plenary C - 9:00 - 10:30am - The Divine Ascent: How Classical Education Draws Us to God by Heidi White
  • Breakout Session 3 - 11:00 - 12:00pm
      • A Heavenly Look at Stained Glass: The Good Samaritan and Joseph Windows at Chartres by John Hodges
      • Stoicism in Southern Culture and Literature by Tim McIntosh
      • Ubi Amor, Ibi Oculus: Poetic Knowledge and the Primacy of Wonder by Dr. Matthew Bianco and Thomas Fickley
  • LUNCH - 12:00 - 1:30pm
  • Breakout Session 4  - 1:30 - 2:30pm
      • Anagogic Reading by Andrew Kern
      • Memory, Imagination, and Judgment: Attending to the Mimetic Form by Buck Holler
      • Bid the Geldings be Fruitful: The Platonic Soul in the Chronicles of Narnia by Kristen Rudd
  • Plenary D - 3:00- 4:00pm - The Purpose and the Blessing: Seeking the Hidden Good by Greg Wilbur
  • Panel Q&A - 4:15-4:45pm - Hosted by Andrew Kern, John Hodges, Tim McIntosh, and Katerina Kern